Native Voices Workshop

The Delaware Health and Social Services Library is hosting

Addressing Health Disparities in Native American Populations

This workshop is offered as part of Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness, a traveling exhibition to U.S. libraries.

This exhibit is on display at The DHSS Library from March 1st to April 12th, 2017.
To learn more: Click Here.

The workshop is free, and open to the public.  Please register through the Delaware Learning Center.
Non-state employees please register here.
State employees please register here.

2017 Delaware Mini Medical School

Designed for individuals who want to gain a deeper understanding of the world of medicine, Mini-Medical School is a free, six-week series of lectures for adults of all ages and high school students co-sponsored with the Delaware Academy of Medicine / Delaware Public Health Association. Attendees learn about important trends …

Statement on Vaccines

Vaccines Continue to be Tested and Proven Safe

American Academy of Pediatrics. (2017). American Academy of Pediatrics Emphasizes Safety and Importance of Vaccines. Retrieved from

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2016). Infant Immunizations FAQs. Retrieved from

Institute of Medicine. (2004). Immunization Safety Review: Vaccines and Autism. Retrieved from

U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (2015).  Thimerosal in Vaccines: Questions and Answers. Retrieved from

In light of recent claims by politicians or appointees that vaccines are linked to autism, or are unsafe when administered according to the recommended schedule, or contain dangerous products like Thimerosal, the public health community and the Delaware Academy of Medicine/Delaware Public Health Association continue to come down on the side of science.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research is responsible for regulating vaccines in the United States.  Before a vaccine can be licensed for public use, it must be tested for safety in the laboratory, in animals, and in human clinical trials.  Human clinical trials include looking for common adverse events in a few participants (phase 1), several hundred volunteers looking for local reactions and general side effects like fever (phase 2), and establishing the effectiveness of the vaccine and determining less common side effects with thousands of participants (phase 3).  If a vaccine is to be given at the same time as another vaccine, the two vaccines are tested together (FDA, 2015).  If a dangerous effect is found, that vaccine is not licensed for public use.

Vaccines are continuously monitored following licensure by the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), which is run by both the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  The VAERS is a national system that collects all reports of adverse events following vaccination.  Phase 4 clinical studies are also conducted to further evaluate the new vaccine, and population based studies are conducted through the use of databases like the Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) for the lifetime of the use of the vaccine (FDA, 2015).

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) Immunization Safety Review Committee “favors rejection of a causal relationship between thimerosal-containing vaccines and autism” (IOM, 2004).  Despite this finding, “all vaccines routinely recommended for children 6 years of age or younger and marketed in the U.S. contain no thimerosal or only trace amounts” (FDA, 2015).

“Infants and young children who follow immunization schedules that spread out shots – or leave out shots – are at risk of developing diseases during the time that shots are delayed” (CDC, 2016). Vaccines “keep communities healthy, and protect some of the most vulnerable in our society” (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2017).  The Delaware Academy of Medicine will continue to advocate for vaccines and vaccine use in the state of Delaware and the United States.

National Public Health Week

Join the Movement – Get Involved Today

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April 3- 9, 2017

Join us in celebrating National Public Health Week 2017 and become part of a growing movement to create the healthiest nation in one generation. We’re celebrating the power of prevention, advocating for healthy and fair policies, sharing strategies for successful partnerships and championing the role of a strong public health system.




World Water Day

2017 Theme: WASTEWATER


March 22, 2017. Water is the essential building block of life. But it is more than just essential to quench thirst or protect health; water is vital for creating jobs and supporting economic, social, and human development. Today, there are over 663 million people living without a safe water supply close to home, spending countless hours queuing or trekking to distant sources, and coping with the health impacts of using contaminated water.

Water News:
Reuters discusses the issue of wastewater.
See the UN’s World Water Day webpage.
The LA Times photo spread.
High-Level Panel on Water article.

Twitter: #worldwaterday



Patient Safety Awareness Week

March 12 – 18, 2017

Patient Safety Awareness Week reminds health care providers of the importance of safe patient care, and is a good opportunity to think of all the things a person can do to stay safe as a patient.  The CDC and the National Patient Safety Foundation have collaborated on some free activities:

Tuesday, March 14, at 1:00 pm ET: Twitter Chat on Patient Safety.  What patients want (and need) to know.
Join the conversation:
Use #psaw17chat, @CDCgov, @theNPSF

Wednesday, March 15, at 2:00 pm ET: National Patient Safety Foundation Webcast “The Voice of the Patient and the Public”
This webcast will look at the advancing role of the patient and the public in patient safety.  Past efforts bringing transparency to patient safety issues, examining where patient safety is today, and discussions on how to shape the future will be explored.
Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS; President & CEO, National Patient Safety Foundation
Marshal Allen, MT; Reporter, ProPublica
Rosemary Gibson, MSc; Senior Advisor, the Hastings Center
Martin J. Hatlie, JD; President & CEO, Project Patient Care
Register here:

Additional Resources:
CDC Patient Safety Website:
National Patient Safety Foundation:

March Awareness

March is…

National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month –

Brain Injury Awareness Month –

National Kidney Cancer Awareness Month –

Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month –

National Myeloma Awareness Month –

National Nutrition Month –

National Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Month –


March 13-19: Brain Awareness Week –

March 12-18: National Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week –


March 9: World Kidney Day –

March 15: Kick Butts Day –

March 22: World Water Day –

March 24: Tuberculosis Awareness Day –